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Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Belgian Pale AleBlue Moon Belgian Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

995 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NCSUdo on 05-26-2008)
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Photo of junabee
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours Copper with a white head that dissipates quickly although i did wash this glass in the dishwasher which may account for the head dissolving, clear although it is not pale it is more amber-copper.

S-Heavy Diacetyl aroma, malty backbone, with a slight citrus hop note.

T- Delivers what the nose promises, tastes buttery with a nice sweet malt backbone and finishes nicely with some bittering hops.

M- Nothing special a little thin for the aroma and taste so this would be the only imbalance in the beer.

D- This beer is classified as a Belgian Style Pale Ale, it is 115% better than blue moon the original. It was surprisingly delicious, but is not delicious for its style. If this was labeled an English Bitter I would have rated it an A, very reminiscent of Old Thumper with a bit more hoppy life to it.

junabee, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin offwhite head that dissipates into a ring around the rim rather quickly. Amber body with a hint of redness. Extreme floral scent. Smells like potpourri and grass. Very complex flavor, but not very balanced for my preferences, which don't tend to favor overbearing hoppiness. An assault on the tongue with medium hop bitterness and overbearing grassy notes. I'm not a fan of pale ales, but I will do my best to grade within a style I'm not familiar with. I think the hoppy bitterness is probably balanced within the style (if not to my liking), with strong notes of tobacco and acetaldehyde. I imagine this would go over well with the PA crowd. Smooth mouthfeel and finish. If I felt particularly violent and manly, I might drink a few of these on a given night. They just feel aggressive in my mouth.

ZenAgnostic, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of brunrn1
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I cant promote a beer that needs an orange slice to make it taste better or at least try to taste better. I tried a pint of this and could not drink anymore after that pint. I had to switch beers. To me this might be more of a ladies type of beer, I cant see a bar full of men drinking beer with oranges in it.

brunrn1, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of TheGarvenator
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark and amber with somewhat of a head

S - smells like orange peel with hops and malt

T - tastes mostly like what it smells like; malty orange peel with hops and hibiscus...

M - very carbonated with the tangy feeling of citrus

D - very drinkable with a good finish

Ive usually have the original Blue Moon and I was impressed with the pal ale version...still holds true to the citrus flavor that reminds you its a Blue Moon....I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Blue Moon and a good tasting pale ale with a crisp orange taste..

TheGarvenator, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a clear amber red colour with fizzy quickly dissipating head.

s-some sweet malt smells, citrus, hoppy bitterness

t-slight hoppiness to it, mild malt flavours to it, a little yeasty type notes....kinda muted IMO.

m-solid mouthfeel for the abv.

d-very...not too controversial but solid for the line.

Mit, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Looneybiz
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with about a half inch of head. Disappeared pretty fast thought. Beer has a nice appearance and the smell was ok. Upon tasting it you get a small amount of flavor with little to no after taste.

It's been my favorite of the Blue Moon varieties so far and I would drink it again because its really not bad for a beer that is easily accessable and not overly pricey.

Looneybiz, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was an orange, amber, copper color with a thin white head.

I could smell mostly floral hop aromas, orange citrus, and yeast.

Tastes strongly of orange and citrus hops, and wheat bread.

This beer has a medium body and a juicy finish.

It's good but the orange flavor is a little overpowering I don't know if I could drink very many.

JMad, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, poured into an American pint glass. Pours a translucent hazel colour, with a thin nut brown head that dissipates quickly. Smells of nut as well. Very mild in flavor, a little syrupy on the finish, well rounded. Not as bitter as I've come to expect from a pale ale, and much richer. Minimal carbonation. I wasn't anticipating enjoying this beer, but it has paid off very well. Entirely drinkable.

KiltedCulinarian, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazed orange color with a thick white head and a little lacing. Smells of spice and citrus as well as that typical witbier smell. Tastes of light spices, a little hops, and a little orange citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is normal for style and carbonation is high. Drinkability is decent.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz. twist off bottle opens with a light hint of carbonation and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear amber golden with a light cap of just off white foam. Retention is brief and an ever so soft carbonation drifts upward.

Caramel malts on the nose are prominent, with a light touch of spice and an equally light hint of Belgian yeast notes. Warms to offer a bit more yeast notes but offers a mostly roasted malt and citric hop character. A bit afield for the style.

More of the same in flavor with caramel and some orange flavors up front and some spice after that. Finishes a bit sweet yet offers a flash of roasted bitterness on the finish. Comes across as an English Pale in body and feel given the light carbonation.

HalfFull, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of YuenglingMan1987
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from Blue Moon's Winter Sampler 12pk.

A-Golden copperish color to it with a pretty decent head on it, but the head seems to leave fairly quicker compared to most.

S-Smells of caramel and hops

T-Pretty good taste, not a bad pale ale, I've definetley had better but it's not too shabby.

D-Very drinkable beer, ecspecially if you're a fan of the pale ales.

Overall this was not a bad beer, I wouldn't seek it out over other pale ales on the market but definetly wouldn't turn this one down.

YuenglingMan1987, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice bright amber color, totally clear with a 1" off-white fluffy head, dissipates pretty quick and is gone.

The aroma has caramel scented malt, a bit too much. allspice and herbs pop out with red fruits in the back.

a light, jazzy feel at first, quickly becomes mellow and rather flat however. A nice herbal kick, mild spices and earthy effect from the cascade hops...but very mellow for cascade. Dry wheat and rye effects not very potent, decent balance of flavor except the caramel flavored malt is too slick feeling and overpowers way too much. It also has that classic Coor's sour-malty aftertaste.

not undrinkable and a nice try.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an excellent beer for beginning beer drinkers, or someone who is brand new to the craft beer world, because it is extremely drinkable for a pale ale. With all that being said, it isn't a very good beer, it's not horrible, but it is pretty close to being a below average beer. The aroma is very light, you only pick up a slight smell of hops and floral notes. The appearance isn't horrible, not much head at all, disappears quickly. But the Lacing is decent, definitely the best factor appearance wise. The taste is just like the smell, only a slight hop bite, only a tiny bit of a floral taste, you do get a nice unique taste from the hibiscus, but that is really the only redeeming factor taste wise. For a pale ale there just is no where near as much hops as there should be in this beer.

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive amber red, with average lace and a pleasing bouquet of floral hops and mellow citrus.

Taste is hearty and full, with a definite hops presence. However, it's clever how they've obscured the bitter followthrough so typical of pale ales.

Curious and well-done, and quite drinkable. I'd consider this one a 'starter' towards moving into the more complex IPAs.

secondtooth, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snowed in at the inlaws i am stuck working through their fridge so this is what i get along with a slew of others.

the pour was decent, light amber with a head of white on top that seemed to last a few moments before collapsing in on itself. aroma of light spice, hints of lemon and a touch of grain, but very light an muddled together fairly well. flavor is about the same though a decent citrus fruit touch made it somewhat more drinkable and left a decent, and light dry touch to the finish.

overall it was better then most of their offerings but again that is not saying alot. still worked for a quick refresher before more shoveling.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of JerseyPaul
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light orange color with plenty of carbonation; off white head dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing

Smell: Sweet malt w/ citrus & spice notes; mild hoppiness with fruity Belgian yeast notes

Taste: Sweet, lightly caramel malt with a touch of orange & spice; very light hop bitterness with no alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; smooth but not watery

Drinkability: Goes down smooth & easy; consumable in large quantities in one sitting

Overall, Pale Moon is another respectable entry from Coors' foray into craft beer. As is the case with most of the beers in this line-up; it's a toned down version of the style that the average beer drinker will try & like. You can do better, but you can definitely do worse too.

JerseyPaul, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Moon comes out a lovely amber color with brownish highlights. Medium thick, firm foam head. Visible carbonation from the nucleation point of the Perfect Pint. Aromatic, sweetly hoppy balanced smell, malts just a touch off, can't put my finger on it. Easily the best aroma from any Coors product I've ever had. Taste is mildly hopped with a nice biscuity malt backbone. Sturdy taste, more good balance. I pick up some strange sort of ham-like flavors. Feel is still a little thin, more body needed. Overall, a pretty sessionable beer, and probably the best of the Blue Moon lineup. More flavor and aroma here than the usual "craft" beers from BMC.

SamN, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date printed on the neck of the bottle.

Bubbly lace on top of a completely clear brassy amber liquid. Ripe orchard fruit of apples an pears, wild herbs and a hint of sweet biscuits round out the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Wet maltiness, toasty with a slight tiny sugary note. Very fruity ... of fallen orchard fruit. Peppery alcohol, dry biscuity finish.

A half decent try at the mid-range pale ales of Belgium. Its tried to be some where between Fat Tire and De Koninck and Palm Ale but lands somewhere else.

Jason, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a glass, i has a nice copper color with not a lot of head to it. The aroma isn't much to talk about, a lite smell of carmel and you need to search for that. The taste is of sweet malts and a bit of hops. The mouth feel is very smooth and i think it is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of shand
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: This is actually a really good looking beer! It pours a dark copper color with head that just barely crested the top of my glass (three fingers worth at least.) The smell, on the other hand, is less than average. Sweet malts and caramel are what I get out of it, and I need to sniff hard to get that. It tastes better than it smells though. There is a tiny, light hoppy bite that's mostly tempered by the sweet caramely malts. I can taste a little bit of the Belgian yeasts and spices here too. It's not very complex, and isn't much of a pale ale, but I still like the way it tastes.

The mouthfeel is alright, it feels a little under-carbonated but otherwise is alright. It's also a pretty drinkable beer, there's no problems drinking this. This is an alright beer. It's not worth buying the Blue Moon 12 pack sampler just to try, but if you like the normal Blue Moon and the seasonal, it's not a bad throw-in.

shand, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best if the "Moon" brews. Pours a nice clear copper color with decent lasting head. Smells of faint Belgian aromas and a nice pop of American hops. Taste follows suit. Some light Belgian stylings with decent (Cascade?) hops on the palate. I actually really liked this with a bowl of spicy chili. Wish I had another to follow up with. Worth a try.

DJED69, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a delicate hop bitterness and a good yeast fruitiness. The esters aren't as pronounced as a traditional BPA, but the subtle character suits this well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good starter Belgian ale. It's nothing like the traditional style, but for people who are new to yeast esters it's a solid choice.

WesWes, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good from what I can see in the bottle. Fairly cloudy brown.

Smell: Caramel. That's about all I get.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, more caramel, but the thick, creamy mouthfeel is nice.

Drinkability: Comforting, but not inspiring.

Overall: Definitely my least favorite in the Blue Moon family.

tjsdomer2, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

81st review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- Dark amber in color with a busy first pour carbonation. Little head was left and didnt retain well.

Smell- Faint spice note with another small touch of some mild citrus.

Taste- A simple sugary taste with a bit of flower notes on the tounge. Had a muted underlying citrus of orange peel or lemon.

Mouth- It's a bit thin and lacking in bite. It is crisp which is what I am assuming coors was going for.

Drink- Just wanted to try it. Probably wont have it again.

FosterJM, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep bronze color with an average sized, light, foamy, bubbly, soapy white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a ring of lace with some patches of lace in the center.

S - Strong showing of pale and caramel malt. Good amount of spice with orange peel, pepper, hibiscus, faint clove, and others. Touch of citrus and spicy hops.

T - Similar to the aroma. Plenty of pale and caramel malt and a strong spice showing. Hibiscus and herbal/tea like flavors have a strong showing. A touch of orange, citrus hops and some spice. Reminds me a fair amount of Blue Moon as a pale ale rather than a witbier.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Pretty watery and thin feel.

D - Easy to drink and nothing offensive, but it doesn't make me want to drink more. Uninspiring.

Notes: Didn't really wow me nor did this really remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale (or any Belgian ale). Wasn't a big fan of this, all I really picked up was some spice and herbal/tea flavors on top of some caramel malt. Was pretty bland with those flavors as well. I would just rather grab a Blue Moon than this if I were picking up a beer from this line.

FreshHawk, Nov 29, 2010
Blue Moon Belgian Pale Ale from Coors Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.